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First self-driving bus on public road in the Netherlands tested

Staff Writer | July 29, 2016
In July, the bus lane between Schiphol Airport and Haarlem saw the first operational test run by a self-driving bus outside a closed test course.
Netherlands bus
Technology in vehicles   The Netherlands as a pilot country
The test run was made possible by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the province of Noord-Holland as the road maintenance authority and owner of the bus lane, the municipalities of Haarlem and Haarlemmermeer, and Vialis as a traffic technology partner.

The trial underscores the ambitions of the Netherlands as a pilot country for developments involving smart mobility and self-driving vehicles.

The self-driving bus is manufactured by the German automotive concern Daimler AG. The vehicle communicates with the infrastructure, whereby communication between the traffic lights and the bus is combined with all the sensor data collected by the bus itself.

The availability of a largely separate bus lane and the highly positive attitude of the authorities and market parties involved persuaded Daimler AG to opt for the Netherlands.

During the test runs and the demonstration, a driver aboard the bus was able to monitor all the systems and intervene whenever necessary. The bus drove at the maximum speeds allowed locally (50 – 70 km/h).